About a year ago, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority received a 15-month strategic planning award from the Department of Justice’s Office of Victims of Crime to improve the identification and support of young victims of crime. The project is titled Illinois HEALS (Helping Everyone Access Linked Systems): a OVC Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Demonstration Initiative.
Too many children, youth and families are exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities. When unaddressed or under-addressed, this trauma can lead to harmful consequences for individuals, families, and communities. Yet, too often we place the burden on individuals and families to navigate multiple and disparate systems of care to get the services needed. Illinois HEALS is hoping to address this problem in collaboration with community based organizations such as yours. Our goal is to reduce families burden in navigating services by ensuring appropriate care and services are received no matter whose door victims enter, whether it is a doctor’s office, school, police department or courthouse. There should be no wrong door for accessing services.
We have been listening to providers in communities across the state—including some beginning conversations with professionals in the North Lawndale community—We would love to share more about our project as well as hear from you and your staff on how your agency currently identifies, engages, and supports families who experience violence. Please attend our provider meeting on Tuesday, October 30th from 2:00-4:00pm at the Sinai Community Institute. We also hope that you can spread the word about this meeting to other organizations in North Lawndale so that we can have broad representation.
This work will culminate in a plan for identifying and serving children, youth and families who have been directly victimized or exposed to violence. After the planning period is complete, select communities will become eligible to access and leverage additional federal funding to help implement its plan over the proceeding five years.
Sinai Community Institute is located at the intersection of Ogden Avenue and Washtenaw Ave. Garage parking is available in the main hospital parking garage (enter via the main hospital entrance off of 15th California). Discounted parking validations will be provided to you and can be retrieved from the Washtenaw Security desk. Enter the building via the main entrance on Washtenaw Avenue. Stop at the security desk to check in. Security will guide you to the Town Hall.